Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this curse. Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine to the your God as before.
Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting.
Gather all the people— the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room.
Let the priests, who minister in the ’s presence, stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar. Let them pray, “Spare your people, ! Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery. Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say, ‘Has the God of Israel left them?’”
Then the will pity his people and jealously guard the honor of his land.
The will reply, “Look! I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy your needs. You will no longer be an object of mockery among the surrounding nations.
I will drive away these armies from the north. I will send them into the parched wastelands. Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea, and those at the rear into the Mediterranean. The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.” Surely the has done great things!
Don’t be afraid, O land. Be glad now and rejoice, for the has done great things.
Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field, for the wilderness pastures will soon be green. The trees will again be filled with fruit; fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more.
Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.
The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.